Keeping up the pace

It’s calmed somewhat after last week’s exciting Kadoorie Charitable Foundation visit, but the interns and I continue to be busy.  The final fundraiser I will organize before I leave on April 30th is a Silent Auction and Dinner this coming Friday night.  It’s coming together nicely with about 70 people expected to attend, and the number and quality of silent auction items are healthy, so we are on target to raise about 2 lak (Rs. 200,000).  Fingers crossed for us! In between the meetings to arrange the fundraiser, I have been on a vacation of sorts with friends from Toronto – many of you RBCers will know Karen Hilton and Jolene Park.  Jolene has been travelling in SE Asia since January, and Karen joined her for a visit to Kuala Lumpar and Bali – it’s a tough life for them really, now isn’t it??

Myself, Karen and Jolene at a restaurant the night before Jolene leaves for her trek.

Myself, Karen and Jolene at a restaurant the night before Jolene leaves for her trek.  And I got another haircut.

On my part It was great to visit with friends from home, whose first language is English and who just gets the Canadian references.  Many friends threatened to visit me here in Nepal but only Jolene and Karen came through – thank you ladies!!  The visit to Nepal was the most exotic they had experienced thus far, and it was neat they got to see the touristy side as well as experience day to day life here in Nepal.  the highlight for them was taking the public bus from Kathmandu to Banepa – complete with baby chickens, no roosters oir goats this time.  We did lots – Jolene and Karen attended the Kadoorie visit at SIRC, we had a day of pampering at an ayurveda health home, a day of sightseeing outside Kathmandu enabled by a car and driver, some sightseeing in the city itself by rickshaw, and of course shopping, eating, chatting and relaxing.  Although I must admit it is nice to be back in the countryside where the air is cleaner and there is much less bustle. Yesterday morning Jolene left for her Poon Hill trek in the Annapurna region and safely arrived in Pokhara last night.  But not before catching some Funny Tummy.  Hopefully she feels better this morning! Karen joins me today at SIRC for the next 10 days.  Karen too has not felt so well these past few days but seems to be on the mend today.  It hasn’t stopped her from getting started on the work allocated to her:

  1. Introduce a performance management system to the Admin Team and Heads of Department at SIRC.
  2. Prepare a succession plan for key staff at SIRC.
  3. Team building ideas for Heads of Departments.
  4. Revise the volunteer orientation package.

A lot to cover in 10 days but, we can only do the best we can.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Keeping up the pace

  1. Renu says:

    Oh fun kates! And you have been really busy too! Sounds like you will need a holiday after Nepal.. before Bangladesh..
    Good luck with the event this friday.

  2. Grace Coffey says:

    You look great Kats and your haircut fab!! Best of luck for Friday – looking forward to the blog posting!. gx

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